Coronavirus in Somerset: Largest increase in COVID-19 cases in weeks


No other coronavirus-related hospital deaths have occurred in Somerset, but five more positive cases have been confirmed – the highest recorded in a day in weeks. Public Health England says cases have occurred in North Somerset, Sedgemoor, Bath and North East Somerset, and Mendip within the past 24 hours, starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday July 25.

The last time this number of positive cases was announced in a day was July 2, when new data from Public Health England said there were more than 900 more cases in Somerset than are thought so before.

Until July 2, only confirmed cases from tests performed at Public Health England labs and NHS hospitals – known as Pillar 1 – were included in the government’s daily case updates.

A change in the way the numbers are reported, which means that the number of cases confirmed from tests done in the community, including in nursing homes – which is known as the pillar 2 test – has now been made public.

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The number of confirmed cases in each district of Somerset, with new cases in parentheses, is as follows:

  • North Somerset – 909 (+1)
  • Somerset West et Taunton – 445 (=)
  • Sedgemoor – 394 (+1)
  • Bath et North East Somerset – 345 (+2)
  • Somerset sud – 334 (=)
  • Mendip – 127 (+1)

Coronavirus deaths in Somerset

No coronavirus-related deaths in Somerset hospitals have been confirmed for a week, the total being 149.

The last person to die from COVID-19 in the county was with the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust on Friday, July 17.

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The number of people with COVID-19 who have died under the care of each of Somerset’s six hospital trusts since the start of the virus outbreak is as follows:

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The government said 45,738 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for the coronavirus in the UK at 5 p.m. on Friday, an increase of 61 from the Eve.

Separate figures released by UK statistical agencies show there are now more than 56,100 registered deaths in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The government also said that in the 24-hour period until 9 a.m. on Saturday, there had been an additional 767 laboratory-confirmed cases. A total of 298,681 cases have been confirmed.

Another 25 people who tested positive for the coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 29,272, NHS England said.

The patients were between 52 and 93 years old and all had known underlying health problems.

Eight other deaths have been reported without a positive Covid-19 test result.


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